Wearing loud costumes and holding signs that have graphic photos from Canada’s annual baby-seal slaughter and that read, “Canada’s Club Scene Sucks”, PETA “ravers” crashed the festivities at the biggest Canada Day celebration held outside Canada’s borders at Trafalgar Square today. Their point? Clubbing and shooting baby seals to death is nothing to celebrate.
Despite universal condemnation and plummeting demand for seal pelts, Canada cavalierly carries on with the biggest massacre of marine mammals in the world. The Canadian government spends more than $7 million (£4 million) each year defending the … Read more.
Usually, when we put the words “Canada” and “seal” in the same sentence, it’s bad news. But not this time. Canadian officials are reporting that this year’s seal slaughter saw one of the lowest numbers of seals killed in recorded history. The 2011 commercial slaughter claimed the lives of 38,000 harp seals, which, while still awful, is less than 10 percent of the 400,000-seal maximum.
Fewer and fewer sealers are participating in the slaughter. With the U.S. and European Union bans on seal-product imports, the price of a pelt has plummeted … Read more.
Hoping to melt the cold hearts of the pro–seal-slaughter Canadian government, today we unveiled a 2-metre-tall seal ice sculpture outside the London headquarters of the Canadian High Commission. The seal statue directed onlookers to our new website, StopTheSealSlaughter.com, where they can watch (and share) video footage of the slaughter and sign Canadian native Pamela Anderson’s petition to stop the massacre.
“Even our ice sculpture seems warm compared to Canada’s cold-blooded war on baby seals”, says our special projects coordinator, Mandy Carter. “Despite universal condemnation, Canada maintains its cavalier attitude toward the … Read more.
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The bodies of dozens of seals have been found washed up on the coasts of Scotland. All the bodies had horrific lacerations, leaving people to question how the animals died. Speculation as to the cause of death ranges from a cookiecutter shark to a ship’s propeller to an underwater wave-power turbine.
Tragic as this is, every year, tens of thousands of seals suffer a similarly violent fate during Canada’s annual seal slaughter. These seals are massacred for products that no one needs. Baby seals are repeatedly shot or … Read more.
Anyone walking past the Canadian Embassy in London last week could not have failed to notice a giant “seal” standing outside the main entrance holding a sign that read, “Harper: Stop the Seal Slaughter”, in protest of Canada’s annual seal massacre.
The protest was timed to coincide with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to London to meet with newly appointed British Prime Minister David Cameron.
During the slaughter, tens of thousands of baby seals are bludgeoned to death whilst other pups destined to suffer the same fate look on helplessly. … Read more.